Hi all. My Dad was a Sapper with the Royal Canadian Engineers, and served in Italy from November of 1943 until the 1st Canadian Division of the Canadian Army returned to NW Europe in March of 1945. We have obtained some of the war diaries for his unit, with more to come. Have read a number of books, including some of Terry Copps' books. My Dad died at 45 years of age in 1962, never having talked much about the war. From what we have learned so far, the 4th Field Company was tied to the 3rd Infantry Brigade. Dad's service records indicate that he joined the 4th Field Company in Ortona, around December 20-22, 1943, toward the end of fighting there. From everything we have read so far, the Engineers would have been heavily involved in bridge building and demolition, lifting and laying of mines, roadway and rail maintenance, etc. I have found a few documents in the war diaries that contain my Dad's name, all pertaining to training that he took. While I realize that I will never know my Dad's exact movements during his time of service, other than what his service records indicate, and that I must rely on the activities of the 4th Field Company and by association, the activities of the 3rd Infantry Brigade to track his movements, I would really appreciate any insight that the members on this forum could provide into the day-to-day life of the Sappers of his or any Engineering Company, especially those contributing Veterans (D-Day Dodgers) who have such unique and special experience. Thank you in advance for anything you can provide. In closing, I would like to offer my sincere and heartfelt appreciation to all Veterans, past and present. My husband and I have been doing a lot of research over the past three years, into the service history of our respective Dads, and we have learned so much about the hardship and sacrifice endured by these brave men and women. Thank you seems so woefully inadequate. We will never forget.